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Bio

 

Owen Vaughan Hanner
Celtic Harp, Piano, Guitars, Flutes, Zithers, Voice, Percussion


Music is an all-harmonising mirror. It reflects what comes into it
yet leaves it changed, harmonised, revealed more truly, more beautifully, more strange. More alive.

Music alters the structure of water, can make plants to thrive and flower. It can cleanse places and people. It can stir what needs to move, and still what needs to calm.

The Chinese symbol for medicine comprises "music + herb". 

The hands on the harp make motions akin to weaving. It's no coincidence. Knots in the body or psyche are loosened by the power of music. The Harp especially works on the heart, just as wooden drums work on the root. I am unpicking knots when I play. 

I've played the harp in hospices and temples. Others play in hospital wards. The trope of the harping angel, the kinship of harps and heavenly realms, the sacredness of the harp from India to Ireland, Africa to China, attests to something practical -- and you will know if it you listen deeply, with sincerity, to a Celtic Harper..

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The murmur of the bees emits nectar in the flowers.

The birdsong sings the fields awake. 

Human song steers light to break on as-yet-undreamt horizons.

It is the leading sensory edge of our dreaming as a species. The finest tendrils that find the way for action.

Music can strike us like a revelation. Through such revelations humanity grows - recognition by recognition. 

Music leads. existence follows. There is nothing that cannot be rewritten through sound.

 

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I play for all events,
write soundtracks and backing music,
teach intuitively to all ages,
record as a session musician
play for personal sessions.

Intuitive teaching is a passion of mine, requiring nothing but the passion and perserverence of a student. 

I do not read music, and find it very unnatural to translate music into vision, and then back into music again. The ears can recreate anything instantly, if they are simply nurtured.

I have met too many classically-trained musicians who are unable to play by ear, or are frustrated by their perceived lack of originality: trained as they are to walk in other people's roads. 

And I've met even more children and adults who were discouraged from music by the rigid robotic methods of classical teaching. 

If music doesn't remain fun at every stage, why would you keep up with it?

The primary importance of any teaching is to nurture the passion and connection. With this, all the rest is so much easier.

I teach music in such a way that it is always *your* journey of discovery. I present you with the tools and techniques you desire, to do what *you* wish to do, and find your own way.

Student-led learning. 




 

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I welcome you to get in touch with me via the contact form on the homepage!

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